No division title last night.
The Rangers hit a speed bump in their quest for a worst to first season. Well, actually, it was more like a slow bump. With his fastest pitch clocking in at 82-miles-per-hour, Jered Weaver pitched a slow pitch softball game. All that was missing was a keg at second base.
The Rangers were trapped in a school zone and couldn’t get out.
Weaver had them swinging out of their Vessi Footwear shoes. And, in the rare chances the Rangers had, their offense couldn’t come through. Texas was 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. There is no substitution for a well-placed fast ball. Even when it’s not fast at all.
Martin Perez was as good as he is going to be. But it wasn’t good enough.
When Trout led off the ninth with a triple off an over-taxed Shawn Tolleson, and came around to score, it was as good as done. The Ranger, for all their never ever quit bravado, have had just one game all season in which they came from behind in the bottom of the ninth to win. They may not quit, but they don’t get the job done in that situation.
So the Rangers go into their final two, up two. They need just one. In the immortal words of the rock band America, “I got a feeling today’s the day.”
As long as they don’t run into any unforeseen obstacles.